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The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR
Studio album by Orphaned Land
Released January 25, 2010[1]
Recorded 2007–2009
Genre Oriental metal, progressive metal
Length 78:22
Label Century Media
Producer Steven Wilson and Orphaned Land
Orphaned Land chronology
The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR

The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR is the fourth full-length studio album by the Israeli metal band Orphaned Land. According to the band's official MySpace page, the album has a tentative release date of January 25, 2010[2], after many delays. OrWarrior means "light warrior" or "warrior of light", representing a conceptual hero of the battle of light versus darkness.[3] OrWarriOr will be Orphaned Land's second concept album. Orphaned Land has finished working on the new album with producer Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.


Pre-release and production

By August 24, 2009 ORwarriOR's final mixes were almost ready. Several songs from the new material were performed live at Brutal Assault festival (June 8, 2009, Czech Republic). The album will also include a "follow-up" to a track previously released on "El Nora Alila: Deluxe edition" (2006) "Disciples of the Sacred Oath" - "Disciples of the Sacred Oath II."

The album will contain around 15 songs which will add up to approximately 79 minutes. The album's artwork won't contain any digitally manipulated images; it will instead contain customized calligraphy in both Arabic and Hebrew. On ORwarriOR, Kobi Farhi will sing in English, Hebrew and Arabic. The album will be released along with a DVD. Release of the album is delayed until between Christmas 2009 and January 2010.

By August 24, 2009, Kobi Farhi's book, Tango Between God and Satan was close to being ready to be released; it will contain 33 stories. He is planning to finish the book during the 2009-2010 Orphaned Land tours.

On September 7, 2009 Orphaned Land's official website published a short teaser of the album's introductory piece.

The album will be preceded by release of the "Sapari" single. "Sapari" is a Yemenite folk song arranged by Orphaned Land. Some samples of this song are available on YouTube: acoustic version by Orphaned Land's female "Yemenite" singer Shlomit Levi (part of Shlomit's live acoustic sample), a live version which Orphaned Land performed in Tel-Aviv in the late 2008, and a rendition of the song by Dror, a Middle Eastern singer promoting peace between Jews and Arabs.

The album will feature Arabian violins.[4]

After the release of "Sapari", a 2:40 cut of the song "Vayehi Or" was released through the band's myspace page. Shortly after, the time listing was revealed. On January 5, 2010 the song "Disciples of the Sacred Oath II" became available for streaming through the band's myspace page.[5]

There are numerous packages of the album to be purchased. Along with the original and limited editions, the album is sold along with an Orphaned Land t-shirt or along with postcards, posters, magnets, 28-page Mediabook or a special "Disciples Package" that includes collectible items along with a brand new "Disciples t-shirt". These are found on the different websites that sell Orphaned Land merchandise, such as the official website, the official fanclub (Orphaned Disciples), etc.

Track listing[6]

  • Part I: Godfrey's Cordial – An ORphan's Life
  1. "Sapari" (4:04)
  2. "From Broken Vessels" (7:36)
  3. "Bereftin the Abyss" (2:45)
  4. "The Path Part 1 – Treading Through Darkness" (7:27)
  5. "The Path Part 2 – The Pilgrimage to Or Shalem" (7:45)
  6. "Olat Ha'tamid" (2:38)
  • Part II: Lips Acquire stains – The WarriOR Awakens
  1. "The Warrior" (7:11)
  2. "His Leaf Shall Not Wither" (2:31)
  3. "Disciples of the Sacred Oath II" (8:31)
  4. "New Jerusalem" (6:59)
  5. "Vayehi Or" (3:27)
  6. "M i ?" (2:41)
  • Part III: Barakah – Enlightening the Cimmerian
  1. "Barakah" (4:13)
  2. "Codeword: uprising" (5:25)
  3. "In Thy Never Ending Way (Epilogue)" (5:09)


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